QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz, 20 December 2018

QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz,20 December 2018 QUIZ – 2017: Insights Current Affairs Quiz The following quiz will have 5-10 MCQs. The questions are mainly framed from The Hindu and PIB news articles. This quiz is intended to introduce you to concepts and certain important facts relevant to UPSC IAS civil services preliminary exam …

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 20 December 2018

Insights Daily Current Affairs + PIB: 20 December 2018 Paper 1: Topics covered: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.   Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About Rajkumar Shukla and Champaran Satyagraha- significance and outcomes.   …

Ministry of Rural Development Signs MoU with Maruti Suzuki India Ltd for Training Rural Youth for Skill Development Under Deendayal upadhyaya grameen kaushalya yojana (Ddu-Gky)

Topics covered: Welfare schemes for vulnerable sections of the population by the Centre and States and the performance of these schemes; mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections.   Ministry of Rural Development Signs MoU with Maruti Suzuki India Ltd for Training Rural Youth for Skill Development …

NASA’s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary

Topics covered: Awareness in space.   NASA’s 1st flight to moon, Apollo 8, marks 50th anniversary   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Apollo 8 Mission and its significance.   Context: NASA’s Apollo 8 mission completes its 50th anniversary this year.   About the Apollo 8 Mission: Apollo 8, the second manned spaceflight mission …

GSAT-7A

Topics covered: Awareness in space.   GSAT-7A   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Features, objectives, scientific goals and significance of the mission, about GSLV- F11.   Context: ISRO has launched military communication satellite GSAT-7A. GSAT-7A was succesfully injected into its orbit by GSLV-F11 that was launched from Sriharikota.   About GSAT-7A: GSAT-7A has …

New peace agreement on Yemen

Topics covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   New peace agreement on Yemen   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Yemen issues, peace agreement, features and its significance.   Context: Yemen’s warring parties have agreed …

The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty

Topics covered: Effect of policies and politics of developed and developing countries on India’s interests, Indian diaspora. Important International institutions, agencies and fora, their structure, mandate.   The Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Key features and significance of INF Treaty, Implications of withdrawal by the US.   …

Winter solstice 2018

Topics covered: Important Geophysical phenomena such as earthquakes, Tsunami, Volcanic activity, cyclone etc., geographical features and their location- changes in critical geographical features (including water-bodies and ice-caps) and in flora and fauna and the effects of such changes.   Winter solstice 2018   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: All about Winter Solstice- its …

Goa Liberation Day

Topics covered: Post-independence consolidation and reorganization within the country.   Goa Liberation Day   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: Liberation of Goa and attainment of statehood.   Context: Goa recently celebrated the 57th Liberation Day. On this day, Goa attained independence from the 450-years of Portuguese rule.   About Operation Vijay: Portuguese were …

Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla

Topics covered: The Freedom Struggle – its various stages and important contributors /contributions from different parts of the country.   Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar Shukla   What to study? For Prelims and Mains: About Rajkumar Shukla and Champaran Satyagraha- significance and outcomes.   Context: The government recently released a Commemorative Postage Stamp on Rajkumar …

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Insights into Editorial: Hot air at Katowice

Insights into Editorial: Hot air at Katowice   Context: The Global Climate UN – COP24 in Katowice ended in success. Negotiators from 196 countries and the European Union worked on the Katowice Climate Package, implementing the Paris Agreement. More than a dozen intense meetings enabled negotiations to be successful on different topics regarding principles aimed …

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 20 DECEMBER 2018

[Insights Secure – 2019] Daily UPSC Mains Answer Writing Practice: 20 DECEMBER 2018 Click on EACH question to post/upload you answers. How to Follow Secure Initiative? How to Self-evaluate your answer?  INSIGHTS NEW SECURE – 2019: YEARLONG TIMETABLE   Tomorrow’s Static Topic:  Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, environmental impact assessment.  General Studies – 2 Topic– Parliament …

7) The key assumption in normative ethics is that there is only one ultimate criterion of moral conduct, whether it is a single rule or a set of principles. Discuss. (250 words)

Topic– Essence, determinants and consequences of Ethics in human actions; dimensions of ethics 7) The key assumption in normative ethics is that there is only one ultimate criterion of moral conduct, whether it is a single rule or a set of principles. Discuss. (250 words) Reference Directive word Discuss- this is an all-encompassing directive which …

6) Building standards need to evolve to reflect the urgency for more resilient buildings in the face of climate change and extreme weather events. Comment.(250 words)

Topic– Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation, 6) Building standards need to evolve to reflect the urgency for more resilient buildings in the face of climate change and extreme weather events. Comment.(250 words) Reference Why this question Building sector is one of the major, rapidly growing and largely neglected sectors responsible for climate change and environmental …

5) A strong political will is required to come out with strict regulations to manage e waste in India. Increased public awareness is the need of hour. Examine the issues surrounding e-waste management and suggest the steps that need to be taken?(250 words)

Topic-Part of static series under the heading – “Conservation, environmental pollution and degradation” 5) A strong political will is required to come out with strict regulations to manage e waste in India. Increased public awareness is the need of hour. Examine the issues surrounding e-waste management and suggest the steps that need to be taken?(250 …

4) At Katowice, the Paris accord didn’t die—and that, however meagre a success in the larger scheme of things, is significant. Critically analyze. (250 words)

Topic: Climate Change 4) At Katowice, the Paris accord didn’t die—and that, however meagre a success in the larger scheme of things, is significant. Critically analyze. (250 words) Financialexpress Financialexpress Why this question The outcome of the recent summit at Katowice has come out with a rulebook for creating a framework for implementing the Paris …

3) It is important for India to widen its direct tax net. Analyze.(250 words)

Topic -Indian Economy and issues relating to planning, mobilization of resources, growth, development and employment. 3) It is important for India to widen its direct tax net. Analyze.(250 words) Livemint Why this question It has been repeatedly highlighted that India has one of the lowest direct tax payer to population ratio. In this context it …

2) The new law on rights of transgender fail to take into account the lived realities of the lives of transgenders. Discuss.(250 words)

Topic– mechanisms, laws, institutions and Bodies constituted for the protection and betterment of these vulnerable sections. 2) The new law on rights of transgender fail to take into account the lived realities of the lives of transgenders. Discuss.(250 words) Financialexpress Why this question The bill had been pending since a long time and was recently …